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Unexpected

Posted by on December 24, 2012

Unexpected

by Ann Weems

Even now we simply do not expect

to find a deity in a stable.

Somehow the setting is all wrong:

the swaddling clothes too plain,

the manger too common for the likes of a Savior,

the straw inelegant,

the animals, reeking and noisy,

the whole scene too ordinary for our taste.

And the cast of characters is no better.

With the possible exception of the kings,

who among them is fit for this night?

the shepherds?  Certainly too crude,

the carpenter too rough,

the girl too young.

And the baby!

Who expected a baby?

Who expected the advent of God in a helpless child?

Had the Messiah arrived in the blazing light of the glory

of a legion of angels wielding golden swords,

the whole world could have been conquered for Christ

right then and there

and we in the church—to say nothing of the world!—

wouldn’t have so much trouble today.

Even now we simply do not expect

to face the world armed with love.

Thoughts? I love hearing from you!